As a screenwriter, especially one that is not "established" (read: Failure) I get offers of help, for a price, often. Dr. Melody is particularly good at sending us nobodies that positive Hollywood, fake it till you make it, Picture this! You're successful, vibe. Notice her breezy personalize style animated by the flawless execution of the mail merge field [NAME].
If you haven't read the latest issue of "Plugged In Hollywood
For Screenwriters" or if you missed the link when I sent it
out a few days ago, please go read it now.
In this issue you'll see "5 Strategic Uses Of Screenwriting
Contests Even If You Don't Like Them," along with the
importance of Keeping A Paper Trail of Your Script's Travels,
and News from the Great American Pitchfest.
By the way, when you read these articles regularly and
take the actions suggested you will quickly learn a
great deal about how Hollywood works, You'll start seeing
even more progress in your career, because it starts to
sink in and get you into your own marketing creativity.
What are you doing this week for your career?
All the best,
Melody Jackson, Ph.D.
Being in a particularly positive mood myself, I responded:
You are relentless. You have sent me so many carefully crafted messages (sales pitches) I even feel that I'm sending an email to a real person and not just someone who wants my $175 for coverage of a script, or $1,000 for a complete writer make-over and mailing.
Truth is I've come to believe that the film world known as Hollywood, currently and for the foreseeable future, just wants the same old crap. If what you do is show writers how to make their work into the same old crap, count me out. For now, it is the rare original film that punctures Hollywood's iron wall of stupidity.
A couple of years ago I was more willing to play the game. Now, over 50, do you know Hollywood has to be dragged kicking a screaming to hire a writer over 50, with no money left and a moment or two to think about it, I realize that Hollywood doesn't want writers; it rewards those whose results are more in line with duplication equipment than Margaret Mitchell. An easy to operate computer script development program will soon do away with the Writers Guild of America and that is just what the moneymen would like to see happen.
OMG! Have I just burned a Hollywood bridge? Fuck me! Never fear, Melody wrote back:
Hey, it's Melody, with Smart Girls Productions.
Can you believe we are HALF way thru 2009? OMG.
How are those goals you set in January goin', by the way?
Anyway, just wanted to touch base with you and all of my
Plugged In Hollywood readers real quick. By the time you
read this, I'll be halfway to Club Med in Jamaica. I'll
be there till July 7, singing that "Hands Up" song every
Meanwhile, start thinking about what you want to achieve
in the second half of this year. This is HUMP day, so to
speak, so it's a chance to re-commit to whatever you want
to achieve this year, or even create a brand new goal and
Until I get back, if you need anything, just call Smart Guy
Chris at the office at 818/907-6511. He can help you with
agent or manager mailings, query letter mailings, script critiques
and answer questions and so forth.
Have a Happy Fourth of July, whatever you might be doing,
and thank you so much for hanging out with me on your journey
toward a Big Hollywood Career.
I promise you lots of fun things that will support your
goals are coming down the pike for the rest of this year,
so stay tuned.
Hollywood hugs and kisses.... (Hey, we gotta have fun
with this, don't we?)
"Live Your Great Life"
"Dream The Big Dream"